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Could you be our next Trustee?


YMCA Cornwall is looking for Directors/Trustees to sit on its Board. 

We are looking for motivated individuals to join our Board. You do not need to have prior experience in a Trustee role, but share our interest in helping young people in our local community.
We are especially keen to hear from people with expertise and experience in one of the following areas: 

  • Housing

  • Finance

  • Human Resources

  • Fundraising

The present Board includes retired and working-age people with a range of work and life experiences. Some have prior knowledge of trusteeship whilst for others YMCA Cornwall is their first experience of a governance role. We can provide training.

YMCA Cornwall is a Christian charity committed to helping young people, particularly at times of need, regardless of faith and the YMCA is the largest and the oldest group of independent charities working with young people in the world.

Board meetings are held four times per year at our Penzance offices and there are opportunities to sit our sub-committees.

YMCA Cornwall was established in 1877 and from its very earliest days has provided supportive accommodation to young people in need. Our work currently focuses on providing support for young adults aged 16 to 24 in Penzance and the surrounding community who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, offering them accommodation in one of our 50 supported flats where they can feel safe.

Our Penzance site has a coffee shop and a range of rooms that can be hired for meetings, family events and fitness activities; profits from our social enterprise are reinvested in YMCA Cornwall to help young people.

As an autonomous charity we rely on donations and grants to fund much of our work.

We provide a safe, stable environment for residents along with guidance from a team of dedicated support workers. Together these elements provide a secure foundation from which young people can move towards independent living, remain in education and find employment.

Please note: The role of the Board is clearly to govern, not to manage or work directly with our resident clients.

We carry out DBS checks on everyone at YMCA Cornwall, including Trustees. Applicants must also be over the age of 18.

These are a voluntary, unpaid, positions but reasonable travel expenses will be paid.

If you have experience in any of the above areas and are interested in making a difference to young people in West Cornwall, please contact Louise Mallas, Corporate Services Manager for a chat by telephoning 01736 334820.